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Staples Advantage Partners with ERI to Enable Enterprises to Reduce E-Waste with Technology Recycling Service

Staples Advantage, the business to business division of Staples, today launched a Technology Recycling Service, making it easy for businesses to recycle old electronics. The first of its kind in the industry, the program, offered in partnership with Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI) allows businesses of all sizes to recycle large volumes of electronics conveniently, responsibly and in a secure manner.

Many electronic devices become unwanted, non-working or obsolete within a few years of use, compounding the global volume of e-waste, which is expected to more than double by 2016, reaching 93.5 million tons compared to 41.5 million tons in 2011, according to the EPA.

“This program demonstrates how Staples continues to lead the industry in recycling efforts,” said Al Zoldos, Vice President of Sales, Staples Technology Solutions. “In 2007, we were the first retailer to offer recycling at our retail stores. Now we’re the first to provide a way for our corporate customers to easily and responsibly recycle old electronics. From provisioning new equipment, then providing services to manage it and now an easy way to handle end of life recycling, we’re offering a true lifecycle approach to technology management.”

Staples Advantage’s new program allows businesses to recycle equipment – from cell phones and keyboards to telecom equipment and multi-function devices – via three simple steps:

1. Order recycling boxes online at www.StaplesAdvantage.com.

2. Fill boxes with electronics and ship back to Staples using a provided return label.

3. Receive a Certificate of Recycling from Staples that their electronics have been properly recycled and data safely removed. The certificate is accredited by the e-Stewards Initiative, a project of the Basel Action Network, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible recycling of e-waste.

Benefits include:

  • Guaranteed data destruction by ERI.
  • Environmental compliance and certifications.
  • Responsible recycling of all types of electronic equipment.
  • Compliance with State E-Waste programs by ERI.
  • Certificate of recycling.

“Staples Advantage is filling a void desperately needed in our industry – a way for companies to easily and securely recycle the mass amounts of e-waste being created annually,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). “Staples recognized this need and implemented this program, not because they’re required to, but because they know it’s the right thing to do. We’re privileged to be partnering with Staples on this initiative.”

Staples Advantage will also integrate this offering into its future Managed Print Services contracts, providing a seamless way for companies to recycle devices no longer needed after a consolidation effort.

The cost for this service will range from $15 - $500 depending on the size of the box ordered, with options ranging from a 9” x 5” x 3” box to full pallets. Customized solutions are also available.

About ERI

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest privately held recycler of electronic waste, is e-Stewards and R2 certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. All of ERI’s processing facilities are also ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified. ERI processes more than 250 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.

About Staples

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com. More information on Staples sustainability commitments can be found at www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/about_us/environment.

About Staples Advantage

Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and federal government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.

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